Masters of Horror: Sick Girl
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Lucky McKee’s addition to Masters of Horror SICK GIRL is one of the most twisted, sick, comedic and touching love story that I have seen in a while. The oddities between all the characters make everyone very endearing…in an alternate dimension type of why. When the film was over, all I could do is shake my head, laugh and stir in the enjoyment that was still in my mind from watching this episode.
Dr. Ida Teeter (Angela Bettis) is unlucky in love. As an entomologist, and having such a strong love for insects, she has a tendency to freak out any of her love options. It also doesn’t help that she has pet bugs all over her house, and that she is not one of the most outgoing, social women that I have seen. One day a strange package with an unexplained new insect is found in front of her door. Returning from work the next day the bug has become loose in the apartment. This doesn’t really concern Ida too much however.
In the lobby after discussing her bad break up with her co-worker and confidant Max (Jesse Hlubik) she finds the nerve to talk to a shy young thing Misty (BumsCorner fave Misty Mundae). Love sparks, and they end up going out. Soon they make it back to her place to find that Misty loves bugs, and also loves Ida. From there the couple move in together and the relationship speeds up. While making love for the first time however Misty is bitten by the strange bug that has nested inside her pillow, and becomes attached, or controlled, by the new species. Changes begin to take place in Misty both mentally and physically. Physically as in her ear is nastily infected and has a tendency to squirt out puss or some sort of nasty ass liquid. Ida eventually comes to realize that this strange delivered bug is a sort of parasite and that Misty has become infected. By then though, it is too late.
Again, this is a twisted little film. While the bug incorporates the horror aspect of the film, the true nature of this movie is the love between Ida and Misty. With Ida being so damn awkward and shy, you really end up rooting for her when she does find someone special. Speaking of Ida, she is played brilliantly by Angela Bettis. Seeing an interview from Bettis on the disk, and watching her in character as Ida are so extremely different that I was shocked. Watching her work made me do a double take that I was not watching Holly Hunter.
Shoeless Joe and Scraps fave Misty Mundae also plays the role of Misty brilliantly. From the shy girl that has hopelessly been in love with Ida from afar, to the mentally turrets-like infected girl works flawlessly. While initially having Lucky Mckee as an addition to Masters was a stretch (MAY was good, but not Master worthy) seeing his work here just proves to everyone that he can hang with the big dogs. Everything is crisp and there is some great camera work to be seen.
While the story, and plot has a small amount of hiccups, the film is tongue in torn out cheek, with even including a heart shaped fade out at the end. This is a movie that a couple could sit down and watch together and stare longingly into each others eyes. Of course the couple would have to be some twisted, sick ass individuals, yet this is a love story none the less. Bloody, gooey and sweet. My kind of date movie.
Added: Thursday, June 15, 2006
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